Business & Technology

GMO job

In a stunning reversal, USDA chief Vilsack greenlights Monsanto’s alfalfa

After weeks of hinting that the USDA would restrict planting of GMO alfalfa to protect organic growers, the USDA chief jarringly reversed course, giving Monsanto's latest seed a full green light. I guess it's all …

Hedge their bets fund

ConocoPhillips, NRG, GE to put $300 million in new energy technologies

Even corporations with vested interests in the existing energy infrastructure are hedging their bets by investing in emerging technologies.


What’s a benefit corporation? And why should you shop there?

Benefit corporations are a sort of magic nonprofit and for-profit hybrid of social responsibility.

On the rails again

We need trains to 'win the future' — so get over that deficit hysteria

High-speed rail does not materialize with the snap of a finger or the uttering of inspiring words in a State of the Union speech. It costs public money.


Chinese solar company scores with German soccer team sponsorship

Yingli Green Energy is getting into the world's game by sponsoring FC Bayern Munich, one of the biggest teams in soccer.

Taco hell

Yo quiero lots of weird and unpronounceable ingredients

Now that we know that Taco Bell's "seasoned beef" is mostly made up of extenders and "flavor enhancers," I got to wondering what other weird things lace the fast food giant's delicacies. Attention, truth-in-advertising lawyers: …

Salmon-chanted evening

Obama calls for clean energy and high-speed rail in State of the Union

In his State of the Union, Obama called for 80% of electricity to come from clean sources by 2035, and 80% of Americans to have access to high-speed rail within 25 years.

Eastward ho!

California solar firms head to the not-so-sunny East Coast

California's biggest solar installers want homeowners in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to shovel off their roofs and install photovoltaic panels.

East Wing-ing it

How Walmart execs fleeced the White House on 'healthy food'

Michelle Obama and Walmart announced a healthy food initiative last week. The media accepted the deal at face value. Here are some hard questions.